No More Excuses
When things get tough, nothing feels better than finding an excuse. We're actually really good at this. "I can't do X because of Y" just rolls off the tongue. When I hear this, part of me cringes, but there's another part that smiles. An excuse is really a permission slip, a "get out of jail free card", a way of shifting responsibility for our failures. What happens when you stop pointing fingers?
This will either defeat or motivate you. When there's no excuse, the only one left to blame is our self. That's when you start getting things done. No more blaming others. Everyone has obstacles but the people who prevail embrace their hurdles, and adapt to their circumstances. They don't pass off responsibility.
To do this, we must practice humility, admit our mistakes, and learn from them. No more excuses means being honest. It's being quick to act and not waiting to feel comfortable enough to make progress. If you really want to blow someone's mind say, "I was wrong, I'm sorry". Try it. I don't want to hear another excuse. Go start something. Odds are, the thing that's stopping you is just you, with a name that sounds like, "I can't because of Y".
Yes you can. The get out of jail card has been played. Now, it's up to you. I know you can find a way to push yourself further than you think you're capable of going. Don't give the world a thousand reasons why you can't make it, give yourself a thousand reasons why you can. It will be tough, but today excuses ran out. Be honest with yourself, show conviction. Bravery isn't the absence of fear, it's persisting in spite of it. Be brave today.